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FAQ's

FAQ's

Lessons

How long does it take to get to the surf spots?

It depends according to the different spots, but the maximum it takes is one hour, and if south coast is working it will take no time at all.

How far will I get with a week surf course?

If you never surfed before, you will be about able to paddle for middle size mellow waves, stand up in the right moment, in safety and finish the wave with the feet in the right position still on the top of the board (Longboard or Malibu). Afterwards, and depending in your evolution, you will be able to surf down the wave learn a lot about safety rules, wind, waves, tides, priority rules, etiquette, surf gear, etc.

Are there any pre-requisites for the surf course participation?

Motivation, being confortable in the ocean and being physically prepared will for sure help a lot your learning process. The students should know how to swim and we would appreciate that you inform us about any health restrictions that you may have.

I would like to do the surf course but my companion/partner doesn´t, can she/he integrate the group as well, if so what are the conditions?

Non surfers are welcome but will have to save the seat at our surf van by paying a lift. At the beach the non surfer can use his/her time freely till the agreed returning time takes place. Please notice during pandemic times there are restrictions in the nr of seats available in a surf van so it might be difficult to book non surfers.

What is the average age of the Future Surf School students?

The average age of our participants is approximately between 25 and 35 years old, but we have successfully taught people with ages ranging from 6 – 70 years. Future Surf School participants come from all over the world and almost half our students are women.

Do we surf everyday?

The surf School works everyday, so yes you can surf with us every day.
The surf packages for one week start normally on Mondays or Wednesdays and end on Fridays
If you book an single surfing day, instead of a surfing pack you can surf in any day that fits best in your vacation schedule.

Why should I choose this Surf School?

Because we love what we do, and we are happy when our students/friends are happy and successfully surfing. We can assure that we´ll be a “ pain in the… ” persisting until you accomplish your goals on surfing. We´ll not be looking to you from the beach with our arms crossed while you try and try without being well succeed… we´ll be in the water with you because our success depends on your success! We are proud to hear many times people coming to us and say you guys are so different from the others surf schools! You really put a big effort helping your students in the water!

Where are your surf teachers from?

Future Surfing School is proud to say that has a team of surf teachers who are all experienced and with large knowledge of the surf spots. We think it´s quite important for the one´s that are travelling from abroad to be guided by genuine people that besides surf can give you all the information you need related with local traditions, history, behaviors.

How long does a surf day take?

Our surf day starts around 9am and goes until 6pm.

How do the students get to the beach?

For the transport of our students we have the surf vans that every day take the students to, and from the surf spot. We will pick you up from the hotels if they are close to our city area or if they surf with us through the “Surf Package”. We can also get our students further away from our Surf School but we might charge a small fee according to the distance.

On what beaches do the surf lessons take place?

We teach in the best surfing place of each day, which changes according to winds, tides, swell size and direction, sandbar, and students’ level. We teach our classes in the south and west coast of the Algarve, we usually go to 10 main spots ( 8 of them inside a wild and preserved National Park area, where the surfing schools require a special license to be able to teach ) but once in a while we go and check out some different surfing spots that are used only by experts surfers.

Is the equipment included?

Yes, every class price already includes all the equipment: the leash, the board and the wetsuit. In fact, as long as long as the instructor sees no harm done to your improvement, you can even ask for other material like a shorter board. You can also bring your own equipment, but this may incur additional costs depending on your transport to get here. Be aware of the prices charged by the airlines.

For organisational and didactic reasons, the minimum period to take a full surf course with Future Eco Surf School on the surf package is 3 surfing days. Nevertheless, our school accepts participants to have one-day experiences or two days of surfing, but not based on the prices and conditions of the surf package, with only two options available: 5 days accommodation + 3 days surfing or 7 days accommodation + 5 days surfing.

How do I get there?

Please check our website under contacts and click on the map. We are located in Praia da Rocha / Portimão, and can be reached by car (via national roads or motorway), train or bus.

Are your courses for beginners and people who have never surfed before?

The courses are aimed at two specific target groups: One is for people who have never had a surf lesson or have only had short surfing experience – beginners level, and the other for intermediate level surfers who already have basic surfing skills and are looking to improve their paddling out skills, choosing/catching waves themselves and develop the basic manoeuvres such as trimming, cut-back, floaters.

With our experience of 22 years, we can say that about 80% of the people who come to the surf lessons are in the beginner stage, while the remaining 20% are in the intermediate stage.

How crowded can it get?

Not that much, but we are talking about some quality surf breaks and some stunning spots, so it becomes quite famous, especially in July and August when many people are on holiday from school and work. They get motivated by the sun and warm temperatures to have a surf day or surf holiday. Anyway, as a beginner you will find plenty of room to have a great time on our surf areas of around 50 metres long!!! If not, and even in summer peak, if you avoid the morning and afternoon rush hours, you’ll find plenty of waves breaking without anyone surfing them!

On the west coast of the Algarve there are more than 10 great surf spots that work all year round. On the south coast there are more than 150 km where surfing can easily be found between October and May. There is no real big city in the Algarve, especially on the west coast, so the crowds are not hard to avoid.

What kind of wetsuit should I wear?

You can wear a 3/2 mm wetsuit all year round, but in August and September some days you can surf in a short-sleeved wetsuit or even in shorts. From December to March you might need a 4/3 mm and booties (if you usually get really cold in the water).

What happens in the event of a cancellation ?

If you wish to cancel your booking more than one month before the first surf lesson, after payment has already been made (in part or in full), we will refund 90% of the total amount paid to date. If the cancellation is between three and one week before the first surf lesson, we will refund 50% of the total amount paid. If the cancellation is requested less than one week before the first surf lesson, we unfortunately cannot refund any amount.

Booking

Can I also just book a surf course (without lodging)?

Yes, you can book just a surf course and take care of lodging yourself. Future Surf School offers daily surf lessons and packs including transport to the beach.

Changes to the bookings

We can only guarantee changes to the booking upon written request by email and depending on available availability.

What are the booking conditions?

If you book in advance (one month before), only 30% of the total amount can be paid. The remaining 70% must be paid 1 week before the first surf lesson.

How far in advance do I have to book to guarantee my place?

We recommend booking at least 2 weeks in advance in summer and 48 hours in advance in winter to guarantee your place.

Who is Future Eco Surf School?

Future Eco Surf School is a surf, bodyboard, SUP and kayak school that has been promoting and teaching these sports since 1998. Adding to our extensive experience, our school is fully certified by the various regulatory bodies and we rely on a team of coaches who love what they do.

Weather and Accomodation

What happens in case of bad weather?

Due to the nature of this sport, there may have to be changes to the planned surf courses. In case of bad weather or dangerous conditions for surf practicing, the organizer can offer a suitable alternative program. However, these kinds of situations very rarely happen, and if so they will probably take place between January and February… but even then it´s very unusual cause storm in the west coast for example means really nice waves and wind at many surf spots at the south coast, so don´t worry about this…

What kind of rooms do you have?

Check out our Surf Package options, in there you will find various different options. There will be for sure the accommodation conditions you are looking for.

Where is the closest airport?

The closest airport is Faro, which is about 65 km from Praia da Rocha (Portimão). Lisbon airport is about two and a half hours by car on the motorway.

What’s the best time for a surf holiday?

You can surf two distinct coast lines that work with different swell sizes and directions, as well as predominant winds, so it really depends on your skills and goals. For instance, for small to medium size waves and sunny days you can come anytime between April and October; for all size of waves but not as warm or crowded, the rest of the year is just perfect!

What are the waves like throughout the year?

We have waves all year round – no doubt about it – so a complete flat surfing day will be quite difficult to happen, especially because we have two coast lines that receive different swell directions, which means that in one or another the waves will be there for you! Even knowing this, in July/August the waves are usually small (2 – 3 feet high) but it’s really consistent. The rest of the year you have lots of waves on both coasts, which gives you much more to choose from… small to big and from crowded to just by yourself!
In the period of December to February big winter swells are quite usual, so the west coast isn’t usually a good choice. But lots of surfing spots on the south coast get really classic and consistent!

What is the water temperature?

The lowest temperature goes from 14ºC (57,2ºF) on the West Coast and 16ºC (60,8ºF) on the South Coast in winter to maximum temperatures in Summer of 20ºC (68ºF) on the West Coast and 24ºC (75,2ºF) on the South Coast.

What should I wear?

Around summer all you need is a pair of trunks or a bikini, sunglasses, lots of sun screen, beach towel, sandals, cap, light clothes and a sweater just in case for any windy afternoon/evenings. If you come on Spring or Autumn a pair of jeans is quite enough for the mornings and evenings, during the day a t-shirt will be perfect. Hot clothes or rainy clothes will be just for the coldest days of the December – March period.

What is the weather like?

The weather in the Algarve is mild for about 9 months of the year, with less pleasant outdoor temperatures only from December to February, when the minimum temperature never go bellow  7ºC (44,6ºF) on the coldest winter nights and maximum temperature is regularly around 14°C (57,2ºF), with some rain that doesn’t last for long. In Spring and Fall we have really nice temperatures and lots of sunny days. In summer the temperature usually go from  20ºC (68ºF) to 35 (95ºF) degrees. The Algarve is well known for having more then 300 sunny days a year.

Mind that even in the Algarve, temperature can change considerably in short distances, for instance from where we are located – Praia da Rocha/Portimão in the South Coast of the Algarve to the Cape of Sagres (where the West Atlantic Coast starts) the average temperature is usually 5ºC (41ºF) lower and it’s only 40 km away, due to the ocean breeze.